I've always went with spinning gear while fishing for steelies. I use a 10 ft 8 wt spinning rod, but I tried my buddies fly rod with a slinky weight on it and really liked it. I came across a nice fly rod an old man was selling, is 8' 6" long enough, or do I need to get a longer one. Also how do I know if it is sturdy enough? If that is not long enough, had anyone ever heard of adding on to the length of a rod? Be it at the butt or a different way?